Palm Beach County Sports Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 24, 2015
Contact: Kayla French (561) 233-3122
The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Hunt Seat Nationals Is Coming To Palm Beach County
The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) was established in 2002 and has grown to encompass over 8,000 members in 32 states across North America. The mission of the IEA is to introduce students in private and public middle and secondary schools to equestrian sports and to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction. The IEA supports two disciplines, Hunt Seat and Western and is an affiliate of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). The Palm Beach County Sports Commission will partner with the IEA this month to host a national equestrian event in Palm Beach County.
The 2015 IEA Hunt Seat National Finals will take place at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach on April 24-26, 2015. The equestrian’s season culmination of local, regional, and zone championships, the National Finals will feature approximately 500 of the nation’s best middle and high school equestrian athletes. These riders will compete in 12 individual classes and 12 team classes with each class featuring 24 participants. Because riders in the National Finals are required to qualify while competing at local, regional, or zone competitions, they will represent the most gifted riders, from all parts of the United States. The unique aspect of the IEA competitions, both at the local and national level, is that none of the riders will supply their own horses or tack. Instead, the host team arranges for the horses and equipment. Since the horse is new to the rider, the scores are based upon horsemanship and equitation.
The Jim Brandon Equestrian Center is a 111-acre world class equestrian showplace owned by Palm Beach County. The facility features a covered arena, show rings, ample spectator and coach seating areas, and 128 permanent stalls. The IEA Hunt Seat National Finals are expected to provide a significant economic boost for Palm Beach County. The high volume of traveling riders and their family members are expected to generate over $500,000 in visitor spending and more than 1,200 hotel room nights. The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Hunt Seat Nationals enhances the already incredible resume Palm Beach County owns, and the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center is a premier destination for equestrian sports.